Share Your World 2023: 10 April

Happy Easter to those who celebrate it. Di, our host for Share Your World has provided some holiday related questions this week.

1. Do you celebrate the Easter holiday and if not, do you have an alternative?

Well that depends what you mean by celebrate. We don’t attend any religious services but we do mark the days with some traditional Easter activities.

2. Do you exchange gifts or have a traditional meal?

Naomi and I exchanged cards and chocolate. I made hot cross buns, not a great success this year. We had shop buns for breakfast on Good Friday and boiled eggs on Saturday, Normally we do the boiled eggs and chocolate giving on Sunday but this year Naomi needed to go out early so we changed the routine and had the chocolate on Friday and the breakfast on Saturday. We had fish and chips for dinner on Good Friday too.

Homemade hot cross buns (last years)

3. How many Easter Eggs (or alternative) did your receive/give?

I gave Naomi a chocolate squirrel and a colleague at the Visitor Centre a chocolate Bilby. Naomi gave me a small box of Cadbury Roses and got us a larger box of Cadbury Favourites to share.

4.  Was Easter a Bank Holiday in your country or did you have to work this weekend?

Good Friday and Easter Monday are Public Holidays everywhere in Australia. In Tasmania we also have Easter Tuesday, a curious holiday observed by government offices and banks but hardly anyone else. Schools would probably be closed but it’s school holidays anyway. We don’t go out to work but Naomi did go to her volunteer job on Sunday. She volunteers at the Don River Railway and they were having a special Easter event so she went in for a couple of hours to help out. She doesn’t usually go there to work on weekends but this week was different.


Last Tuesday there was a major fire at Don River Railway. It was first noticed at around four in the morning by a volunteer who was camping overnight in the carriage shed. His quick action in alerting the fire services prevented more damage but as it was they lost the carpenters shed with all the tools and spare parts and two historic carriages that were being restored.

We are grateful first of all that nobody was hurt, and secondly that the damage was not a lot worse. None of the locomotives were damaged and nor were the carriages in the adjacent carriage shed or the plans and blueprints that were stored there.

While it is tragic to lose two irreplaceable pieces of rollingstock they will rebuild the shed and replace what can be replaced. The railway was up and running the next day for cruise ship passengers and the Easter event went ahead as planned. Some functions held in the carriage shed have had to be cancelled until power and water can be restored but everyone involved in the railway is determined to get things back on track as soon as possible.

M4 on the platform at the Don River Railway


I was born in England in 1957 and lived there until our family came to Australia in 1966. I grew up in Adelaide, South Australia, where I met and married my husband, David. We came together over a mutual love of trains. Both of us worked for the railways for many years, his job was with Australian National Railways, while I spent 12 years working for the STA, later TransAdelaide the Adelaide city transit system. After leaving that job I worked in hospitality until 2008. We moved to Tasmania in 2002 to live in the beautiful Huon Valley. In 2015 David became ill and passed away in October of that year. I currently co-write two blogs on with my sister Naomi. Our doll blog "Dolls, Dolls, Dolls", and "Our Other Blog" which is about everything else but with a focus on photographs and places in Tasmania. In November 2019 I began a new life in the house that Naomi and I intend to make our retirement home at Sisters Beach in Tasmania's northwest. Currently we have five pets between us. Naomi's two dogs Toby and Teddy and cats, Tigerwoods and Panther and my cat Polly. My dog Cindy passed away aged 16 in April 2022.


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